Residents are being reminded that the county recycling drop-off sites located at the Curwensville Borough municipal garage and the Cooper and Woodward Township municipal buildings do not accept corrugated cardboard boxes.
The types of paper, which are accepted at these sites, include newspaper and mixed paper, and both should be placed in the compartment marked “newspaper,” said Jodi Brennan, county solid waste authority director.
According to her, there may be some confusion between chipboard boxes (mixed paper) and corrugated cardboard boxes.
Chipboard boxes include dry food, cereal, shoe, and tissue boxes and are acceptable forms of mixed paper, along with paper, envelopes, junk mail, magazines and phone books. “Flattening your chipboard boxes is strongly encouraged,” she said.
Corrugated cardboard boxes, on the other hand, have two, flat layers with a wavy layer in between them. These are collected separately at other county sites that have the required larger capacity compartments to accept this material.
Brennan explained that, “We have found that some residents or perhaps businesses are filling the paper compartments with un-flattened corrugated cardboard boxes, which are causing compartments to fill prematurely. These compartments are not designed to take such bulky materials.”
She said anyone wanting to recycle corrugated cardboard can do so at the authority’s recycling site located at the county jail, 115 21 St., Clearfield on Mondays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Fridays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The compartments at the jail site, she said, require flattening of the corrugated cardboard to maximize the efficiencies of the program.
“We ask residents who participate in the program to kindly adhere to the program guidelines,” said Brennan. “Any questions regarding what can and can’t be recycled can be directed to the Clearfield County Solid Waste Authority office by calling 814-765-5149.”